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Reluctant Readers - BOYS

Hi All!
Recently a writer friend of mine asked for some recommendations for her son, who happens to be in middle school. She said he is a reluctant reader and she wanted to find him some books for the summer.

Here is a short list of some of the titles I think he would like:

AMONG THE HIDDEN - (series) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
ZACH'S LIE (has sequels) by Roland Smith
PENDRAGON: Merchant of Death (series) by D.J. MacHale
JOEY PIGZA SWALLOWED THE KEY (series) by Jack Gantos
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID (series) by Jeff Kinney
RESCUE JOSH MCGUIRE by Ben Mikaelsen

Interested in math and puzzles? THE PUZZLING WORLD OF WINSTON BREEN (series) by Eric Berlin
Interested in the outdoors? Try novels by Gary Paulsen, especially HATCHET and its sequels
Interested in sports? Try books by Matt Christopher and Mike Lupica

Okay writers - let's hear it...
    BOOKS FOR BOYS WHO ARE RELUCTANT READERS








Do you have any to add?
Remember - they must be appropriate for RELUCTANT readers.

(We'll do a list for voracious readers who are young males in the near future!)

Comments

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matt_medic
May. 14th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
reluctant reader
I always thought the Tolkein "Hobbit/Lord of the Rings" series was very accessible. Especially now when there is movie 'tie in' paperback covers available to reluctant readers. That should keep him busy for a few months!
philia_fan
May. 14th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
I'm never quite sure what qualifies as being for reluctant readers. What about a graphic novel, like BONE? Or THE NEDDIAD, Daniel Pinkwater? It's got very short chapters, nothing too complex, but is lots of fun.
marjorielight
May. 15th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
Oh yeah! Good call! They liked American Born Chinese by Gene Luan Yang, too. Also, while not a graphic novel, The Invention of Huge Cabret by Brian Selnick has such a brilliant combination of story and pictures it entices them every time.
stephanielight
May. 16th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
There's a great article from Reading Research Quarterly 34(1) called "What Johnny Likes to Read is Hard to Find in School" (Worthy, Moorman, Turner, 1999, 12-27). I can bring you a copy when I come home.

Also, YALSA (The Young Adult Library Services Association) of the ALA has a yearly Quick Picks list for reluctant readers: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/quickpicks/qphome.cfm. The only downside of their list is that the books are for all genders ages 12-18, and they do not specify the best audience for each book. There are other booklists on this site, as well, such as graphic novels for teens.

I suggest nonfiction. Whatever interests the reader. Sports? Athlete biographies. Music? The Music Library series covers the history of various genres. Video games? Kent's The Ultimate History of Video Games.

Also, magazine subscriptions are great because you can look forward to getting one every month. Things like Sports Illustrated or Car & Driver. Plus, nowadays, there are free online articles on the magazine's websites. Online reading is still reading!
(Anonymous)
Mar. 8th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
hi, jenna
did u get my book review if not email me and let me know mrs. light.

jenna worley

thank you


iluvm123@aim.com
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